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second-strike

[sek-uh nd-strahyk] /ˈsɛk əndˈstraɪk/
adjective
1.
noting, pertaining to, or using nuclear forces capable of withstanding attack and retaliating after an adversary has launched a first strike.
Related forms
second strike, noun
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  • But you had to be able to do that, and that was a limitation on the second-strike capability.
British Dictionary definitions for second-strike

second-strike

adjective
1.
(of a nuclear weapon) intended to be used in a counterattack in response to a nuclear attack
2.
(of a strategy) based on the concept of surviving an initial nuclear attack with enough nuclear weaponry to retaliate
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